6 Surprising Things You Should Always Have in Your Suitcase

6 Surprising Things You Should Always Have in Your Suitcase

Pack These 6 Things Now - Thank Yourself Later

Whether you’re taking a trip to your grandma’s house or to another continent, there are several obvious items you’ll need to pack: underwear, socks, tampons, etc.

But there are also some less obvious items that simply make your life on the road much easier.

Here are some of the more random things I found myself wishing I’d packed over the years that I’ve now added to my regular packing list.

1. A padlock with a combination

If you stay in hostels when you travel, like me, you already know that many hostel rooms come equipped with a locker to stow your valuables in. Many of these hostels will also provide you with a lock for the locker if you pay a deposit. If you bring your own lock, you’ll already know how it works, so you won’t have to learn how to use it, since all locks are different, and you won’t have to pay for it. No deposit required.

2. Universal adapter

A universal wall adapter that works with multiple countries’ wall plugs is incredibly useful. That way, you won’t have to spend money on buying multiple chargers, and you won’t find yourself with a dead phone if you travel somewhere spontaneously.

3. Wireless phone charger

When I travel, I usually leave my hostel early in the day and come back late. Unfortunately, my phone doesn’t have the same battery life that I do, and I want to be able to take pictures whenever I want, and use my maps so I don’t get lost. Therefore, having a wireless phone charger is extremely useful! Just make sure you charge it before leaving your hostel or hotel for the day.

4. A pen - and something to write on

You never know when you might need a pen. Want to jot down the name of the restaurant that your AirBnb host said you absolutely have to check out, but you ignored #3 and your phone is dead? Or want to write your Facebook name down for the cutie at the bar because you’re only visiting for 5 days and don’t have an international phone number? This is where a pen and something to write on would come in handy.

5. Plastic bags

I know this one is a little weird, but extra plastic bags can be extremely useful. Maybe the Ziploc bag you brought your toiletries in on your flight has a rip in it. Or maybe you just have a wet swimsuit after spending a day at the pool and you want to put it in a plastic bag before packing it back up so you don’t get everything else in your suitcase wet.

6. Laundry detergent

This is especially useful if you’re planning on traveling for an extended period of time, or if you didn’t pack as many clothing items as you needed on your trip in order to conserve space in your carry-on. If you don’t have access to a washing machine, just wash your dirty clothes in the sink.

Did we miss any of your favorite random must-haves? Let us know in the comments!

6 Things you should always have in your suitcase

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